At the end of a week which has seen considerable mudslinging in the direction of the Irish government, the taoiseach yesterday received a resounding declaration of support from European Council President Donald Tusk, who pledged the backing of the EU over the border issue.
Donald Trump's latest Twitter outburst, retweeting anti-Muslim videos from the far right Britain First organisation and then attacking Theresa May, not only shows how unsuited he is to the responsibilities of his office but also offers encouragement to those promoting an agenda of hate.
Although it has been known for some time that Northern Ireland is experiencing a nursing shortage, the fact that the regulator has issued a formal notification to the department of health must be regarded as significant.
Sporting prodigies can sometimes compete against adults while still in their late teens but Conner Byrne's achievement in starting a senior match for the Irish League club Glenavon at the age of 14 is remarkable by any standards.
The resignation of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has averted the prospect of a Christmas election in the Republic and defused a growing political crisis that threatened to undermine the taoiseach's strategy at a crucial point in the Brexit negotiations.
As we approach the first anniversary of the collapse of Stormont, it is clear that the absence of a power-sharing administration is having far-reaching implications for a range of significant areas in Northern Ireland.
The family of Co Down teenager Jonny Ramsey, who died last month after reportedly experimenting with what are known as UFO pills, deserve great praise for warning others of the risks they face from drugs during the party season.
The DUP's annual conference at the weekend was a decidedly more downbeat affair than last year, when an exuberant party leader Arlene Foster claimed that Brexit presented the biggest economic opportunity for the UK in decades.
In the week that the interests of victims and survivors of the Troubles were again relegated in terms of political priorities, it was timely for the secretary of state to hear a moving plea from one bereaved mother, urging him to ensure the dead are not forgotten.
Confirmation that a potential amnesty for security force members is to be included for consultation in the Stormont House Agreement is an alarming development which will cause deep disquiet among the families of victims.